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Donation pushes clinic closer to funding goal

WOODSTOCK – Suzanne Hoban can more or less sum up the Family Health Partnership Clinic’s reason for excitement toward the coming new Crystal Lake facility in one statistic.

“We still turn away one patient for every one patient we get to see,” said Hoban, FHPC executive director.

It’s not the only reason for the move, but it’s at the top of the list: The currently Woodstock-based clinic for the uninsured and underinsured needs more space.

Now, six years after management first started mulling over a larger location, ground might finally break on the project next week. From private donors only, the clinic has raised $2.75 million of the $3.2 million needed to build the new facility in Crystal Lake.

As the clinic makes its final push toward reaching that funding goal, it’s getting help from a local organization and Dr. Lawrence DuBose, 92, a Carol Stream resident who decided through his longstanding friendship with former Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers Rotary President Sue Dobbe that he wanted to donate to the Rotary.

Dobbe and other Rotarians worked with DuBose to figure out a charity that fit his interests, and that would make a lasting, significant impact on the community.

DuBose donated $25,000 to the building of the new FHPC facility. The two organizations are asking community members to match that total by Aug. 1, calling it the “Rotary Challenge.”

“It’s something that provides a service to the county that helps all of us,” Dobbe said of the decision to give to the clinic.

In addition to adding space – the new clinic will have 12 exam rooms compared with just six in the current building – the new facility will be more accessible, Hoban said. It’s close to the Pingree Metra station and a bus route, and centrally located to several hospitals.

Hoban added the clinic also will start a transition to electronic medical records which – once the kinks are worked out – will improve efficiency.

Hoban said DuBose’s donation was another gracious contribution in a long line of them since the clinic went public with its fundraising campaign last summer.

The center has received significant backing from the Foglia Foundation and will be called the Sage Center for Care.

“We have gotten a very broad and strong show of support from the community,” Hoban said. “We have gotten donations from $50 up to donations of $100,000. It’s been a wonderful community response to a community need.”

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